Lyric Music & More: May 26 May 26, 2020

We may be getting a little stir-crazy at home, but at least we don’t have statues coming to life and singing to us like Don Giovanni. This week, enjoy an extended clip from the closing scene of Lyric’s 2019 production of Don Giovanni, starring Lucas Meachem in the title role and Mika Kares as the reanimated Commendatore.

Then, get excited for everyone’s favorite season with a look at the classic American song “Summertime” through the years, hear from Lyric’s own dramaturg Roger Pines, load up your Netflix queue with the top 10 uses of classical music in film, and read about the life of a ballet mistress.


From Billie Holiday to Sting, it’s an American favorite.

You can never get enough “Summertime”

The enduring song “Summertime” from George Gershwin’s ever-popular Porgy and Bess has had a deep and lasting impact on American culture, with 25,000 covers and counting. Take a look at some of the best interpretations of this classic tune.

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Lyric’s dramaturg since 1995

People of Lyric—Roger Pines

As Lyric Opera’s dramaturg for 25 years, Roger is a writer, researcher, and general go-to expert for all of our opera questions. Hear how Roger came to opera at a very young age, and what makes Lyric so special to him.


What would 2001: A Space Odyssey be without Strauss?

Top 10 uses of classical music in film

Our favorite films would not be the same without the music that propels them, and some of the greatest cinematic moments have been achieved with existing music by well-known composers from Puccini to Wagner. Revisit those perfect scenes with this list from Classic FM.

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This Hyde Parker began winning awards at the age of 15

Tying things together at Lyric Opera: Interview with a ballet mistress

Just what does a ballet mistress do? Find out in this interview with Lyric Opera’s August Tye. It’s probably not what you think...

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Plus Lyric Commentaries to supplement your time

This week in opera streaming: LA Opera, Opera Philadelphia and more!

We are happy to highlight our friends at opera houses around the world who are streaming some of our favorite productions, and to offer you supplementary materials to enhance your time watching, including our very popular Lyric Commentaries. This week watch Ana María Martínez and Brandon Jovanovich in Carmen at LA Opera, Renée Fleming in Lucrezia Borgia at San Francisco Opera, the digital premiere of Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves at Opera Philadelphia, and the Met’s Nightly Streams.

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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley

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Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg, Andrew Eccles

Movie stills: Hemdale, American Zoetrope, MGM